Maryland Divorce & Separation
UPDATED: March 3, 2020
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Maryland has its own unique laws and procedures governing the separation or divorce process. If you are contemplating separation or divorce in the state of Maryland, you may understandably have a number of questions about the process. What are the legal requirements for getting a separation or divorce in Maryland? Is mediation a requirement before you can get a divorce in the state of Maryland? What is Maryland law on annulments? Find the answers to your Maryland divorce questions here.
Maryland Legal Separation:
Legal separations are allowed in Maryland, and a judge will enforce separation agreements that pertain to spousal support, property division and any personal rights.
Grounds for Maryland Divorce/Fault – No Fault:
Maryland has both fault and no-fault grounds for divorce. For divorces based on no-fault grounds, the standard used by the courts is an “irretrievable marriage breakdown.” On the other hand, for divorces based on grounds of fault, the fault-based reasons must be more specific. For instances, these reasons may include fraud, duress, a felony conviction resulting in 3-year sentence or more, abandonment for more than 1 year, voluntary separation for over 2 years, and cruelty or domestic violence. See a local Maryland divorce lawyer for details.
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Residency/Where to File for Divorce:
When the grounds (described above) occurred outside the state, a divorce can only be filed if a party has been a resident of the state for at least one year. Otherwise, if the grounds occur in the state of Maryland, a divorce can be filed in either party’s county of residence.
Divorce Mediation in Maryland:
A mediation session might be called for if there are issues that could be resolved and agreed upon amicably through a conference rather than litigation. The primary motivation for the court to order mediation is to avoid having the divorcing parties, children, and the oft-backlogged court system all suffer through litigation when not necessary.
An annulment occurs when a court declares your marriage legally invalid. In other words, rather than ending a marriage via divorce, an annulment is a declaration that the marriage was not valid from the beginning. Many states share the same or similar grounds for annulment. Maryland’s grounds in particular include fraud, duress, a party’s minor status, or excessively close family relations.
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